Online reading assignment: Physics 205B enrollment survey

Physics 205A, fall semester 2012
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Students have a weekly online reading assignment (hosted by SurveyMonkey.com), where they answer questions based on reading their textbook, material covered in previous lectures, opinion questions, and/or asking (anonymous) questions or making (anonymous) comments. Full credit is given for completing the online reading assignment before next week's lecture, regardless if whether their answers are correct/incorrect. Selected results/questions/comments are addressed by the instructor at the start of the following lecture.

The following questions were asked on reading textbook chapters and previewing presentations on enrolling in the second semester of this general physics (Physics 205AB, algebra-based college physics) sequence.

Selected/edited responses are given below.

Next semester I am __________ take Physics 205B.

already enrolled in : ********************* [21]
planning to enroll in : ****** [6]
not planning to : *********** [11]
(not yet sure/undecided) : ******** [8]

If you are not taking Physics 205B next semester, are you planning on enrolling in a later semester?

Yes. : *********** [11]
Maybe. : *********** [11]
No. : *************** [15]

Ask the instructor an anonymous question, or make a comment. Selected questions/comments may be discussed in class.
"I really want a 'B' in your class. really really badly." (Good. You won't get it unless you first want it.)

"Is there a summer course?" (Physics 205B: no. Physics 205A: yes, depending on budget cuts.)

"I really enjoyed this class P-Dog. You definitely made this easier to understand than my high school teacher did." (I pity your high school physics teacher.)

"What kind of concepts do we learn in Physics 205B? Is 205B harder than 205A? Will you teach Physics 205B?" (Lenses, interference, electromagnetism, circuits, and some modern physics. Like the second-half of Physics 205A, we go through an average of one chapter a week. Yes, I will be there for you. Good times ahead.)

"How well do you think we did as a class this semester?" (We'll see how well you do on the conceptual Physics Survey B post-test, compared to UC-Davis students.)

"No question, but a comment. I absolutely love your way of grading. The way the scale is written out is my favorite out of any class I have had. I know exactly how many points I need to make it to the next grade at all times throughout the class. It may have been daunting to start with an 'F' and earn your way up to a better grade, but I think it just makes students try harder. Students don't have to worry about a bad test or quiz lowering your grade. Thank you."

"I thought I didn't have to take physics for my major, but I changed schools and now I need both semesters! I'm so glad I stuck with it. Thanks for being an awesome teacher!"

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